The Many Faces of Hoarding and Trauma
Participants will learn and discuss the most current reasons for chronic disorganization and hoarding behaviors
Explain and apply the new DSM5 diagnostic criteria for hoarding
Review of the criteria for trauma related disorders and how they factor into hoarding contributors
Best practices for treatment of chronic disorganization and hoarding
Professional self-care strategies when working with this complex population will be presented and practiced
With the emergence of reality T.V. shows about
hoarding, people with hoarding and chronic disorganization are reaching out for
help. It is estimated that between 15 and 16 million people in the U.S. are
suffering with hoarding behaviors. Hoarding has been with us since the
beginning of time, yet we know clinically little about it. We do know that our
ancestors were hunter and gathers for reasons of survival. In our modern
society this gathering or keeping instinct or ritual may be useful at times;
however, in extreme situations this behavior begins to threaten the very
survival instinct that it was meant to resolve. What has been explored in the
literature are various pre morbid diagnoses, like: OCD, depression, anxiety and
ADHD that may set the stage for behavioral deterioration. Another concept that
most human beings have experienced is a little or big trauma. These may have
manifested along the journey into destructive behavioral patterns.
This course will present the most current
research and evidence based treatments for chronic disorganization and
8:00 -10:00 History the People Factor
The Definitions and Diagnostic Criteria for Hoarding Disorder, DSM 5
10:15-12:00 Neurobiological Changes
Definitions and Diagnostic Criteria for Trauma-Related Disorders DSM 5
Prevalence of Hoarding and Trauma
1:00-2:00 Hoarding Assessment Tools
Trauma Assessment Tools
2:15-3:30 Treatment Interventions, A treatment team approach
6 CEU's offered for Social Workers -Ohio
What You Will Learn
You will learn about the PEOPLE, the REASONS and the TREATMEMTS for those who hoard or are chronically disorganized.
DSM 5 diagnosis and treatment protocols
The multiplicity of behaviors that drive hoarding
What characteristics are unique to hoarding
You will have the unique opportunity to participate in activities created to bring the
challenges of these populations to life.
Please bring to
the training a small article of personal significance that you might use in a
You will leave with a treatment plan template ready to use.
How important a treatment team approach is when working with this chronic population.
You will have experienced professional self-care techniques that the presenter and her
colleges use when working with this complex disorder.
Who Should Attend
social workers, marriage and family therapists,
counselors, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, case managers,
professional organizers, EMS, firefighter, law enforcement, housing authorities, health department
employees, service coordinators and any family members.
Dr. Dennison PhD, LISW-S received her
doctorate in psychology from California Southern University and her
undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from The Ohio State
University, is the owner of Dennison & Associates, Inc. a wellness firm in
Powell, Ohio. She has served as a field instructor for Capital University
and for The Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of professional
experience working with families in crisis situations, and first responders
after traumatic events. In the early 80,s she was trained in the trauma based
technique of Critical Incident Stress Management. She is a certified EMDR
therapist and hypnotherapist.In 2005, she wrote a white paper on the Treatments for Secondary Traumatic Stress and
lectures on how to become resilient after traumatic events change life. In 2013
she recorded a professional training DVD on The Many Faces of Hoarding and
Trauma and teaches about the lingering effects of unresolved trauma.
She is a professional member of: National
Association of Social Workers, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International
Association, Institute for Hypnotherapy, Institute For Challenging
Disorganization, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, National
Association of Professional Women, North Central Debriefing Team, and a board
member for The Powell Chamber of Commerce.
She is completing a book on Compassionate
Healing from Traumatic Stress; has developed a greeting card line of gratitude
cards, has recorded a Meditations of Gratitude CD sold on Amazon.com. Four
times per year, she provides a day retreat; teaching coping mechanisms to
mitigate the effects of primary and secondary stress for helping professionals.
Dr. Dennison appeared on TLC's Hoarding Buried Alive in 2010 and has
since been developing treatment protocols for hoarding.
She collaborates with a
professional organizer, Karen Kruzan LISW-S to provide the community with their
6 prong treatment service for hoarding and chronically disorganized.
In-home consultation with professional organizer
Individual and family psychotherapy sessions
Eight session psychotherapy group for clients
Monthly follow- psychotherapy group for graduates of the eight week group
Four training options for professionals who work with people with hoarding behaviors; A six hour on site training: The Many
Faces of Hoarding and Trauma, A three hour on site training on Hoarding, A three hour on site training on Trauma, A four hour DVD of The Many Faces of Hoarding and Trauma,
released January, 2014.
A Training Manual for Professionals with assessment and treatment worksheets
An open ended family support group (peer and professional lead)
"I wanted to tell you that your presentation was the best one we�ve ever had. It
hit so close to home and I took away so many practical tips and ideas. Thanks again
for being there."
Robyn Howard, President of Neatly Nested LLC, C.P.A. &
Professional Organizer, Columbus Ohio
"Dr. Dennison has led several trainings for our continuing education program at
Connections. I always invite Dr. Dennison back to present and prefer to use her
as a presenter several times a year. She is dependable and engaging. Her
presentations are on point and I receive great feedback from our participants
particularly from the Hoarding and Trauma trainings."
Erin Coss, Training Coordinator Connections Volunteer Center Delaware Ohio
attended previous seminars conducted by Dr. Dennison, 1. Critical Stress
Debriefing, 2.Grief/Loss/Recovery,3. Mind Body connection and 4.Aging. Her
energy, honesty along with the element of surprise and humor only add to her
ability to teach others to heal themselves."
Catherine S. Werley, LISW-S, Worthington Ohio
thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and
thank you for the power points."
Ellen Limes, Certified Professional Organizer,
NAPO-Ohio Past President